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Leos Janacek


Leos Janacek, nach dem Schauspiel von Gabriela Preissová


21 January 1904, Brno (National Theatre)




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About the opera Jenůfa

Jenůfa  (Czech) (help·info) (Její pastorkyňa, "Her Stepdaughter" in Czech) is an opera in three acts by Leoš Janáček to a Czech libretto by the composer, based on the play Její pastorkyňa by Gabriela Preissová. It was first performed at the Brno Theater, Brno, 21 January 1904. It was written between 1896 and 1902, and counts among the first operas written in prose.
The first of Janáček's operas in which his distinctive voice can clearly be heard, it is a grim story of infanticide and redemption. Like the playwright's original work, it is known for its unsentimental realism. While today it is heard in the composer's original version, Jenůfa's early popularity was fostered by a revision by Karel Kovařovic of what was considered its eccentric style and orchestration. Thus altered, it was well-received, first in Prague, and particularly after its Vienna première also worldwide. More than 70 years were to pass before audiences heard it as Janáček had intended it to be performed.

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Roles in Jenůfa

Jenůfa Soprano
Laca Klemeň Tenor
Števa Buryja Tenor
Kostelnička Buryjovka Soprano
Grandmother Buryjovka Contralto
Stárek Baritone
Mayor Bass
Mayor's wife Mezzo-Soprano

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